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Smith College Dean of Admissions Talks About Recommendation Letters

KPCC radio did a story this morning about Smith College’s policy of requesting letters of recommendation from the parents of applicants. You can hear Madeleine Brand’s interview with Smith College’s Dean of Admissions, Deb Shaver, here. It would seem that these letters would be biased, but Shaver talks about the little bits of information that parents […]

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Have You Heard About Colleges That Change Lives?

Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit organization that grew from a book written by former New York Times Education editor Loren Pope.  He strongly believed that students should look past rankings and reputation to find the school(s) that really fit their academic and non-academic needs. CTCL represents and promotes a group of 40 small, […]

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LMU’s Presbyterian President

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Times did an excellent piece on Loyola Marymount University’s President – the “son of a Presbyterian minister” – and how his leadership is changing the Jesuit campus. LMU is an excellent choice for Los Angeles area students interested in studying business, communications, art and engineering, among other […]

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Top Colleges for Biomedical Research

If you’re interested in studying biomedical research – the study advancing new tools for diagnosing and treating illness, you should take a look at where federal funds for this type of research are going.  It’s safe to conclude that research universities that receive large amounts of funding from the National Institutes of Health have strong […]

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Tips on Writing Your College Essay

Here’s a piece from the New York Times’ Choice blog – this piece is specifically targeted to students in India applying to American colleges.  But the advice is well-taken by anyone applying to college.  In short, the advice is this:  use your college essay to tell admissions offices who you are as a human being. […]

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Short Video – Advice on How To Select A Private College Counselor

Below is a short video with some advice on how to select an independent college counselor. I am happy to share that I am a member of both the professional organizations mentioned here: the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association (IECA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  For more information about the membership organizations […]

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UC Applications Due Today!

Best of luck to all of our friends applying to any of  the University of California campuses – today is the deadline for applications! We’re sure you’ve already started your application if you are applying (if not – 11 hours, 34 minutes to get started!), but here‘s the link to the UC Application page, in […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to Magellan College Counseling! If you’re a high school student, you are about to embark on a very exciting process, at the end of which, you can choose your path for the next four years of your life. But that’s the end of the process. There’s a long road between here and there. There […]

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